The Original Florence Walk - The Best Walking Tour

Join Florence’s Best Walking Tour and let us show you the highlights & intricacies of the city with our lively tour through the historic center of Florence

Enjoy your Florence Walking Tour with the Best

Our great guides and small groups make the Original Florence Walk the most highly-rated walking tour in Florence!

Discover the Famous Florence Must-Sees

The World’s most beloved art capital is home to architectural wonders and historical treasures from the Duomo to Ponte Vecchio. We’ll show you Florence’s top attractions through fun and fascinating stories.

Explore Hidden Secrets of Florence’s History

Join our fully-licensed, specially-trained guides who will transport you through time and place. You’ll visit little churches, quirky streets, Florentine palaces and notice things you wouldn’t otherwise spot!

A Florence Tour that’s Different

We’re not your average tour company. We believe history should be entertaining and enlightening – especially when you’re on vacation! That’s why we choose only gifted storytellers as our guides. We want you to feel Florence’s vivid history come to life.

Florence’s Global Cultural Impact

Florence is a top destination for a reason. Its tangible past spans the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance. With our tour you’ll begin to understand the cultural impact that Florence had all across the world.

Florence – The cradle of the Renaissance

Follow in the footsteps of Florence’s infamous families and individuals on our walking tour. Who did they bury alive near the Duomo? What did Leonardo da Vinci do that Michelangelo could never forgive? How did the Medici family use famous artists throughout the centuries? And what propelled Florence to become one of the greatest art cities the world has ever seen? Together, we’ll peel back the centuries while witnessing some of history’s greatest testaments.

Tour Florence’s Architectural Wonders

Visit the churches of  Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele*, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore*, a true Renaissance wonder. Amazing architecture, stunning sculptures, and fascinating frescoes (okay, we’ll stop with the alliteration!). Take in the San Giovanni Baptistery, Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, and Giotto’s bell tower. And, of course, admire Brunelleschi’s dome, while learning the stories behind it. How did a goldsmith and untrained architect create the Renaissance’s greatest wonder? It’s a story we cannot wait to share with you, among so many others.

Walk in the Footsteps of the Greats

Tread in the tantalizing footsteps of the Michelangelo, the Medici’s, and their Florentine rivals. What’s more you’ll understand why the city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Have Fun on your Florence Tour

Thanks to our small groups you can talk to the guide about your thoughts and ask all your questions. Discover who was buried alive near the Duomo. Then find out why Michelangelo never forgave Leonardo Da Vinci. Meanwhile learn how the Medici family used famous artists throughout the Renaissance. Discover why Florence became one of the greatest art centers the world has ever seen.

Astounding Florentine Stories

Hear about astounding events that shocked the city’s local inhabitants. Witness famous the famous sculptures, frescoes and paintings of the churches of Santa Trìnita, Orsanmichele, and the Florence cathedral*.

Florence’s best kept secrets on your walking tour

Learn all about the hidden little secrets of Florence you wont find on any other tour.

Highlights of Florence

See the Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi’s dome, the Vasari Corridor, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, famous shopping streets, and so much more!

Why Book the Original Florence Walk – The Best Walking tour of Florence?

  • Our great highly trained Artviva guides are gifted storytellers – the best in Florence
  • The first company to do entertaining enjoyable small group high quality walking tours in Florence. Artviva continues the excellence today
  • Enjoy seeing all the main sites and get correct information
  • Our fully licensed travel agency ensures peace of mind
  • Our great customer care
  • True local expertise that’s stood the test of time – since 1996
  • Small groups-we keep the groups small
  • Real people, with you in the city center – Say hello to us in our office in Florence!

Are you looking for a Private Original Florence Walk?

You can choose to do the Original Florence Walk as a private or small shared group experience. Just click on the private or small shared group option while booking.

What else to do in Florence? Try out these similar tours:

  • Early Morning Florence Walk – an early morning version of our Florence Walking Tour – beat the heat, and the crowds and enjoy the city to yourselves!
  • The Original David Tour – Visit the must-see David sculpture by Michelangelo at the Accademia Museum with our fantastic guides, skip-the-line and discover its beauty!
  • Masterpieces of the Uffizi – The best tour of the Uffizi galleries out there! Everyone is astounded at how fun our tour of the Uffizi is, where you meet all the big names of art history and understand what made these artworks so important

*Please note from October 2019 entry to Orsanmichele is limited due to construction work

 

 

Tour Details

Sites visited on this tour:

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore*
  • Church of Santa Trìnita*
  • Church of Orsanmichele* (Please note from October 2019 entry to Orsanmichele is limited due to construction work)
  • Baptistery (external)
  • Bell Tower (external)
  • Gates of Paradise
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome (external)
  • Vasari Corridor (external)
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica

 

Weather
This tour runs rain or shine

Dress code
Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered for entry into churches.

Maximum Participants
15 persons

On occasion, we may have to go slightly over.

Meeting Time 9.15 (15 minutes before the tour starts) 

Start Time 9.30

Tour Length
3 hours-finishes at 12.30 near the Duomo

We recommend having lunch at Frescobaldi Restaurant if you are doing the Uffizi gallery tour with us next. The Uffizi tour meets outside the restaurant.

Time
The group tour runs from 9:15 to 12:30 from March until the end of November. This tour does not run on Sundays from the first of March until Easter, nor on Sundays in November.

*On Sundays and religious holidays, the churches of Santa Trìnita, Orsanmichele, and the Duomo are closed for religious services. Please note that there is no priority entrance for the Duomo; entrance is strictly a first come, first served basis. In cases where lines are too long, the Duomo is covered externally only.

The private tour runs every day starting at 8:30; 9:00; 9:30; 14:00; 14:30 and 15:00

Meeting Point

In our office on Via Sassetti 1, Florence.

FAQ's

The shared group tour runs in English only, but we can arrange private tours in other languages.

Snacks are allowed (better not to snack inside the churches) you will have a break at a café around 11.30am

This tour runs rain or shine!

Yes, the original Florence Walk is kid and family friendly. We also have a private Florence for Kids tour.

This is a 3 hour walking tour that includes church entry but there are no steps.

We allow a maximum of 15 adults per group. We do our best to keep the groups small, on rare occasions we may need to be slightly over.  

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64 reviews for The Original Florence Walk – The Best Walking Tour

  1. Jonathan Walish

    My wife and I had a fabulous time and we thank you very much for the walking tour. We had our “eyes opened” by the guide which helped us tremendously when continuing our sightseeing on our own. You service was professional and friendly. As you were recommended to us by friends, so we continue to recommend your company to others visiting Firenze!

  2. Miguel Solar

    This is the only way to visit the wonderful city. In one tour, I learned and saw more of Florence than I did the entire previous week I was here!

  3. Martine and Peter Osborne

    We found the Original Florence Walk EXCELLENT. This was due to our very informative tour guide whose knowledge was amazing and explanation clear and concise. His passion for his job was very commendable which made the tour more interesting. Keep up the good work.

  4. Rene Farrow

    We had a great time. Your tour added real value to our visit to Florence. We managed in 3 short hours to see the highlights! We spent the remainder of the day checking out the galleries and exploring. The tour gave us real context. We will surely recommend

  5. Ms. Nahajski

    The Original Florence Walk as a really enjoyable tour for the whole family. All of us were kept entertained for the whole time – even my 8 year old daughter!

  6. Carmen Beddows

    Catherine was very knowledgeable, friendly and she answered all of our questions. We had no difficulties booking the tour and we would recommend this tour to our friends

  7. Maya Tohme

    Absolutely loved our 3 (ended up being a generous 3.5 hours) with our wonderful guide Hilde. She was incredibly knowledgeable and informative and was able to communicate all of Florence’s art and history to us in an entertaining and fascinating manner that clearly showed her passion for the city and its rich heritage. She was incredibly sweet too and very accommodating to all our needs. ArtViva were very professional in their dealings and approach. It is the second time we book tours with them and we hope to to it again soon!

  8. Sabine

    We enjoyed a fantastic tour with Brenda. She is so charming, very competent and explained expertly and entertaining. Highly Recommended.

  9. Anne MacDonald

    Elizabetta was a wonderful guide – knowledgeable, good communicator, fun and seemed to know what we would be interested in and catered the tour to us. It was simple to meet up, and we started and ended on time. We would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Firenze.

  10. Matt Thompson

    Riccardo was a fantastic guide. We learned a lot and had fun. Highly recommended.

  11. Karin Fischer

    It was great to walk around Florence with someone who could point out details and describe history that one might otherwise miss. The tour highlights the layers of history in Florence, from Roman times to the present, and provides a visceral understanding of the Renaissance. Our 14 year old son enjoyed the tour as much as the adults. Our guide, Angelo, was friendly, genuinely interested in history and culture and very good at describing the significance of our surroundings as we moved through the city. The office staff is friendly and competent.

  12. Nissa Van Riper

    We visited the ArtViva office and everyone was really kind and cool. We were VERY lucky that our guide could make it on literally no notice to give us a private tour. Kudos for flexibility there! It was a private tour for me and my ten-year-old daughter. We asked for a bit of a hybrid tour to allow for my daughter’s interests (and attention span) as well as my own but I’m 99% sure we got the original walking tour as it’s always presented. It was great for me–I approach most tours, castles, museums, etc as a scholar. I’m into that kind of stuff and it was super interesting with even a little “modern history” thrown in. But I know my girl was hard pressed to be patient and not distracting for the three hours or whatever it was. It was just too much for her. I mean, she likes history but so much of it was beyond her because she doesn’t yet have enough scaffolding in her head to hang the information on. We resorted to asking for mysterious death, ghost or bloody murder stories, etc, to juice it up for her, and he did pull out a few showstoppers. But overall I thought it was curious that he wasn’t able to switch it up and do something tailored for us because our guide has a daughter exactly the same age as mine. We could have both enjoyed it instead of just me.

  13. Maria Dempsey

    This was such a great tour of Florence. The guide, Manolis, was full of information and great stories about Florence. A must do tour!

  14. Debbie Burson

    This was a great walking tour of Florence! Our guide Brenda was terrific. We learned about some history and she gave us lots of do’s and dont’s tips.

  15. Marcia Higginson

    I highly recommend this tour as a way to get acquainted with the layout of Florence. Lots of walking (a good thing!) and nonstop information from our guide (also a good thing!) kept things lively. There was time for questions, and our guide customized some of the activities to suit our group’s interests. It was a lovely way to spend the morning. Registering online was easy, and my question about scheduling was answered promptly through email. I certainly would repeat this tour or find another offering from ArtViva on a repeat visit.

  16. Mary Painter

    Thoroughly enjoyable experience which added to our enjoyment and understanding of the beautiful city of Florence. Martine was an enthusiastic tour guide who communicated her evident love of her birth place with great passion and commitment. Thank-you!

  17. Joyce B

    I’ve been to Florence before but did not fully appreciate the history and art until I took this tour. Ricardo is an expert and adds so much to your trip by filling in the details in an easy to understand as well as his entertaining way. I plan to return to Florence and want to continue exploring with ArtViva tours – they are excellent.

  18. Susan Green

    Amazing tour! Ricardo was excellent guide; responded to questions; extremely knowledgeable; told detailed interesting and entertaining stories. Three of us went and my friend commented that it was the best walking tour she has ever taken and wanted to bring her whole family next time.

  19. Sara Craig

    This was a wonderful walking tour of Florence filled with historical facts. Hilda, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and loves this city.

  20. Karin Franchino

    Eleonora was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Would highly recommend this tour to others.

  21. Anne Harrigan

    I loved this tour. Catherine was an excellent guide. She had an expansive knowledge of the history and architecture of Florence and was passionate about sharing it with the group. I recommend her highly. I had no difficulty while booking or during the tour.

  22. Sara F

    Great introduction to the city.
    Very informative. The perfect tour to learn your way around and have fun.

  23. Janet Edmunson

    The guide gave us a great overview of Florence. We loved the way she not only showed us the important sites, but also pointed out little things that we would have overlooked, had we seen those sites on our own. We learned and we laughed.

  24. James S

    Brenda did an excellent job of connecting with our small group and provided many fun insights into Florence’s history. Booking on line was easy.

  25. Barbara Butler

    Although this was our last morning of several days in Florence, I wanted a tour just like this that focused on history, art, and architecture. We had a superb guide, well versed in all 3 areas. The group was the right size (maybe 15) and having the mike/earphones/amplification was fantastic. Florence is a big and very busy place, but the guide expertly guided us thru narrow, crowded streets.

  26. Dario Andrade

    A lovely tour around Firenze historic centre! I recommend it to everyone interested to know about the city, its history and art.

  27. Lew Lobosco

    I would recommend

  28. Sarah Cross

    My husband and I had a great time our guide on the Original Florence Walk. She was funny, informative, and just a delight to be with. As her mom is from Colorado, her English is excellent. We learned so much that we would never have known otherwise.

  29. Jennifer West

    Very knowledgeable guide and great overview of key sites in Florence. We loved it!

  30. Marcia

    Our tour guide really helped bring Florence to life for us. He was very eager to learn our interests and took the time to speak with everyone on the tour. He shared his knowlege about history, art, architecture and politics with wit and insight. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We also enjoyed 2 books he recommended. Booking and confirming our tour was very easy. I was more than satisfied, strongly recommend

  31. Gary Blyth Academy

    Loved every aspect. Nothing we didn’t like. No difficulties whatsoever. Yes, have recommended ArtViva to everyone!

  32. Maciej Bielen

    This tour was awesome! Our guide (who’s name escapes me but was a tall bearded Man) was awesome. He explained all the history of the city with extreme passion, and used current history to make it easier to understand. We got to see all the amazing parts of Florence and learned the history behind them. Booking this was super easy and I would highly recommend this tour to everyone. Everyone at the ArtViva office wAs extremely nice and helpful as well!

  33. Mark Fennah

    Brilliant walking tour. Well worth the money.

  34. Dale Bauer

    This was a great way to learn a bit about the history of Florence and walk around the city. Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. She made every effort to accommodate everyone. Her sense of humor was also an asset. Overall a very positive experience.

  35. Jeremy Zimmermann

    Our walking tour of Florence was fantastic in large part due to our wonderful Guide. He was knowledgeable, funny, and enthusiastic. His explanations of history, religion, art and architecture were very informative. Assuming Art Viva’s other guides are as almost as good, i definitely recommend this tour.

  36. diane c

    Our walking guide Irene was so amazingly knowledgable, professional, local and funny . Highly recommended!

  37. Anne

    Guide has a comprehensive knowledge of the history of Florence and provided an historical perspective to the famous landmarks that I intend to visit during my stay. The tour group was relatively small so it made it easy to navigate the busy streets. A great way to begin my stay in Florence.

  38. David Power

    It was great to get a tour of the town… a great introduction to the history of this beautiful city. We arrived the day before the tour and it really gave us an insight to history. We knew what to look out for when we ventured further. We could understand the nuances of the city, including food, buildings, features of different architectural periods, pick pockets, where to get the best gelati , traffic, locals, the local cuisine, etc. It was a wonderful tour and was the cornerstone of our stay in Florence. Riccardo was a wonderful tour guide. He was articulate, knowledgeable about local history and custom and very empathetic to individual countries and interest. Thanks Riccardo for a great tour.

  39. Carla Revare

    We had such a great walking tour! So informative and interesting.

  40. Debra

    MANOLIS’ tour was very informative & fun! I’m still not sure if he left us in peratory, limbo or heaven! He was easy to understand. You can tell he enjoys his job! It was great to have a smaller group. We will use his tour group again when we return to Florence! I have already recommended the tour company.

  41. Cynthia & David, John & Wendy

    Tatjana’s knowledge was limitless and the enthusiasm with which she shared it was contagious. We were able to extend what we learned from her to our self-guided adventures in Florence.

  42. Julie Radlin

    It was the right length of time. Learned facts not found in tour books. Guide was fast paced and interesting. She spoke excellent English and appreciated the attention to the group. I would highly recommend!!

  43. Marialuz Sevilla-Herrera

    Deborah did a wonderful job. She is passionate of her hometown. I enjoyed the historical perspective of the tour. Florence is a beautiful city. I booked this tour prior to leaving the states. It was an easy process, well organized and a good value. Excellent way to get oriented to the city being first time visitor. I hope to visit again.

  44. Shivraj Mundy

    This was a wonderful experience, Ricardo our guide was so well informed and knowledgeable about Florence and kept it so interesting for us all. It was a small group, and easily manageable. Highly recommend!

  45. Zachary Hudson

    Had a fantastic morning walking around beautiful Florence with Barbara our guide. Being a local she was super knowledgeable of her home city. She was bubbly, funny and we had a great time learning about the history of this beautiful city. She also gave us some great food and restaurant recommendations away from the dreaded tourist traps. An easy, fun, few hours which I would highly recommended to anyone visiting Florence.

  46. Susan Saul

    It was a great tour. Brenda was our guide and did a great job. There was only 4 of us. Very pleasurable.

  47. Rick Laman

    What a great way to get the history and feel of the original Florence. The tour guide was exceptional. Her ability to share the uniqueness and beauty of early Florence added insight to our experience. Thanks

  48. Barbara Beamiss

    I consider myself a person who’s not into guided tours. But I’m so glad we signed up for this small group walk through Florence with our guide Angelo. Ancient buildings, hidden streets and the many cultural icons I wouldn’t have noticed before came to life through his words. Thank you Angelo and ArtViva for bringing context to your beautiful city.

  49. lancast6000

    Barbara was our guide, she was engaging and knowledgeable. Loved her! Highly recommend, learned a lot and would do it again.

  50. Clifford Chaiet

    The best of the five Art Viva tours we took in the two weeks we were wandering around Italy, and that was all the fault of our wonderful guide, Claus, although he did have some incredible subject matter wot work with. An art historian with a law degree and a musician was a wonderful combination. Combine that with a great sense of humor and one heck of a delivery and you have the tour you dream about.

  51. Jane Lippert

    It was easy to book online and I definitely will recommend the 3 hour walking tour of Florence to friends. I have a whole new appreciation for Florence and the intricacies of it’s history. Big Grazie to Hilde!

  52. SYAMAL K DATTA

    It was a privilege to take “The Original Florence Walk” on September 2nd 2019, with our guide Riccardo whose Florentine origin goes back many generations–in other words, Florence was “in his bones”. Riccardo described the background and esthetics of every piece of architecture and sculpture that were carefully selected for the tour. The highlight was his narrative description of the sculptures in Piazza della Signoria, an illuminating experience about Florence before and during Renaissance.

  53. Jude Robb and Pete Gladwin

    We will absolutely recommend Alex and ArtViva, so easy to book and staff very helpful efficient and professional. We loved the anecdotes and stories of everyday life that Alex shared with us in addition to his historical knowledge.

  54. Sabrina Swaim

    Our guide, Ricardo, was well informed and very entertaining. We found the tour fascinating and could almost picture Florence in ancient times as we learned of the history of architecture and culture.

  55. WS

    this was the highlight of our time in Florence! We have visited a number of times, know the city an still, having this very knowledgeable and attentive guide was a delight and a perfect way to start our trip, we would highly recommend the experience…. it set the tine for the rest of the time that we spent in Florence!!!

  56. Penny Adams

    Loved this tour! Magnolia was such fun and very well informed. The best way to start a vacation in a new city.

  57. Erin Hoffer

    Eleanora gave an exceptional walking tour of the historic area of Florence. The 3 hour walk was highly informative and Eleanora’s sense of humor made it all the more interesting!

  58. Audrey Hays

    Loved the guide. Learned a lot about the history and was educated about facts that could’ve been easily overlooked. Wish we could’ve had just a little more information on the Duomo

  59. Mary Dresser

    Thoroughly enjoyed the tour: great guide, knowledgeable/fun-highly recommend!

  60. Daniel Santaniello

    Our walking tour of Florence with Hilde was phenomenal! Her knowledge of the city was incredible! We were able to really appreciate the city and get some great recommendations for local cuisine! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Florence for the first time. The only tricky part was finding the office where the tour starts, so give yourself some extra time beforehand to find it.

  61. Sandy Hynes

    No problems. Klaus was excited to show us Firenze. His enthusiasm was catching, and everyone was included according to their interests. Bravo. I’ll tell my friends.

  62. Roslyn Muller

    Very knowledgeable guide. Recommend this tour.

  63. C. Clark

    We first discovered this insightful and interesting walking tour when we visited Florence in 2003. It was then known as Florencewalks.com. So when visiting again this fall we looked no further than this tour company. Eleanora was our guide. Quite simply, she was fabulous! She filled our three hour tour with such interesting stories and brought history to life by pointing out the relevance of the buildings, streets, monuments and major sights of Florence. I was travelling with my 29 year old son and this tour was the only request I made for our time together in Florence. He enjoyed it so much that he agreed to take their tour of the Uffizi Gallery as well. There weren’t the crowds of tourists in 2003 that there are now so this is the only way to discover the Uffizi. Suggest you may want to take this tour first thing in the morning when there may be fewer visitors to the Uffizi. Our guide was delayed meeting our group for the Uffizi tour due to road construction but she more than made up for this by giving us an extra long tour. So my son discovered the best walking tour of Florence and the Uffizi Gallery and I had the fun of finding the best Apparel Spritz in Florence! A magical motherh-son trip.

  64. Traci Sumner

    Our Tour of Florence with Ricardo was a wonderful intro to the city and to Italy. He did a great job of relating the history and personalities of Florence as well as keeping our group organized and safe. He was very knowledgeable, informative, and personable to his group, while being very aware of the goings on of the surroundings. I loved the breadth of information- historical, architectural, artistic, cultural and personal. Ricardo gave us a broad spectrum insight into the city, along with plenty of juicy little details that made it come alive.

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